Tennessee Test Requirements

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and see the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. Once you know your test(s), find out how to register for the Praxis™ tests and read the Praxis test retake policy.

Most tests are offered in both Session 1 and Session 2. Refer to the fees page for tests that are restricted to a particular session.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in Tennessee, your score report will be sent automatically to the Tennessee Department of Education. If you test outside of Tennessee, select the Tennessee Department of Education (state code 8190) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Notes:

  • In general, test codes that begin with "5" or "6" are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" or "1" are delivered on paper.
  • "CDT" refers to computer-delivered tests. "PDT" refers to paper-delivered tests.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Admission to a teacher education program Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 n/a 156
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 n/a 162
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 n/a 150

Principles of Learning and Teaching

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All teaching licenses (select one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 155
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 158
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 158
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 155

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education PreK–3 Education of Young Children 5021 0021 155
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 140
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162

Early Childhood Education/Special Education (Dual Endorsement)

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Early Development and Learning PreK–K (Dual Discipline Endorsement) Education of Young Children 5021 0021 155
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 140
and
Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 56911 n/a 159

1 Available beginning July 2014.

Elementary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education K–6 Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 5011 0011 159
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 140
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162

Middle School Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Middle Grades Education 4–8 Middle School: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5146 0146 150
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162

Secondary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Biology 7–12 Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 0235 148
Chemistry 7–12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 152
Chinese 7–12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 n/a 164
Earth Science 7–12 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 0571 146
Economics 7–12 Economics n/a 0911 150
English 7–12 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 n/a 167
French 7–12 French: World Language 5174 n/a 156
Geography 7–12 Geography n/a 0921 149
German 7–12 German: World Language 5183 n/a 157
Government 7–12 Government/Political Science n/a 0931 149
History 7–12 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 0941 136
Japanese 7–12 Please contact the Office of Educator Licensing at 1-615-532-4885 for information about requirements for this endorsement.
Latin 7–12 Latin n/a 0601 141
Mathematics 7–12 Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 n/a 160
Physics 7–12 Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 144
Psychology 9–12 Psychology 53911 0391 154
Sociology 9–12 Sociology n/a 0950 540
Spanish 7–12 Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 163
Speech Communication 7–12 Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 n/a 144

1Available beginning July 2014.

All Grades

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Art K–12 (Visual Arts) Art: Content and Analysis n/a 0135 157
Chinese PreK–12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 n/a 164
French PreK–12 French: World Language 5174 n/a 156
German PreK–12 German: World Language 5183 n/a 157
Gifted Education PreK–12 Gifted Education n/a 0357 146
Health and Wellness K–12 Health Education 5551 n/a 144
Latin PreK–12 Latin n/a 0601 141
Music K–12 (Instrumental/
General)
Music: Content and Instruction 5114 n/a 162
Music K–12 (Vocal/
General)
Music: Content and Instruction 5114 n/a 162
Physical Education K–12 Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 0095 164
Spanish PreK–12 Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 163
Theatre K–12 Theatre n/a 0641 159

English as a Second Language

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
English as a Second Language PreK–12 English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 n/a 143

Administrator/Instructional Leadership

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Beginning Administrator A PreK–12 School Leaders Licensure Assessment(Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 n/a 160
Beginning Administrator B PreK–12 School Leaders Licensure Assessment(Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 n/a 160
Instructional Leadership–Beginning PreK–12 School Leaders Licensure Assessment(Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 n/a 160

Special Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Special Education/Comprehensive K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 0545 153
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162
Special Education/Hearing PreK–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
and
Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 n/a 160
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162
Special Education/Modified K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543 0543 153
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162
Special Education/Preschool Early Childhood Education PreK–3 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
and
Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 56911 n/a 159
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162
Special Education/Speech Language Pathologist PreK–12 Speech-Language Pathology 5330 0330 600
Special Education/Vision PreK–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
and
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 n/a 163
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 n/a 162

1Available beginning July 2014.

Career & Technical Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Agriculture Education 7–12 Agriculture n/a 0700 530
Business Education 7–12 Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 154
Family and Consumer Science 5–12 Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 157
Marketing Education 7–12 Marketing Education n/a 0561 160
Technology Engineering Education 5–12 Technology Education 50511 n/a 156

1Available beginning July 2014.

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Library Information Specialist PreK–12 Library Media Specialist 5311 0311 146
Reading Specialist PreK–12 Reading Specialist 5301 n/a 164
School Counselor PreK–12 Professional School Counselor 5421 0421 156
School Psychologist PreK–12 School Psychologist n/a 0401 154

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin.

 

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